Blancpain Endurance: Big win for Kessel Racing at Monza [Photo Gallery] image

The 2013 Blancpain Endurance series has just begun this year, with the season opener held at Monza last weekend, 13-14 April.

Launched in 2011 by SRO motorsport, the Blancpain Endurance Series has rapidly established itself as one of the best and most competitive GT Series in the world. The objective of the Blancpain Endurance Series is to take GT3 cars into endurance racing formats of three hours with two mandatory pit stops.

Ferrari was the winning car at Monza, after Daniel Zampieri, Davide Rigon and Cesar Ramos claimed victory for the Kessel Racing Ferrari team. The Swiss team sealed victory after surging ahead during the last hour of the three hour endurance event. Kessel Racing picked up a maximum score of 25-points to head the PRO Cup class.

“We really had a great race thanks to the team, we were able to keep the car on track, we knew we have the speed … and we are really really happy,” Cesar Ramos said.

Daniel Zampieri : “It is fantastic for me because I am Italian and to win here at Monza is fantastic.”

In second place was the 11 ART Grand Prix McLaren MP4-12C of Andy Soucek/Antoine Leclerc and Mike Parisy. The renowned French team were delighted with their start to the season that saw Soucek take second place from the #13 Audi Belgian Club Team WRT entry driven by Swede, Edward Sandstrom just after he started his stint.

Antoine Leclerc: “It was a fantastic race for the team, it’s an amazing team and I’m happy to be a part of it. We did a fantastic job during the winter tests, during the weekend… ”

“It was very difficult because there was allot of traffic, and we had to manage it, but the car was perfect and the team did a very good job. I think we can be a very strong team for the entire year, so we have to keep the pressure and keep pushing.”

A final-hour showdown had been guaranteed when Andy Meyrick (Gulf McLaren) brought out the safety car after suffering an accident at the Ascari Chicane, bunching the field back up.

The next round of the Blancpain Endurance Series will take place at Silverstone on the weekend of 1-2 June.